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It is with great regret that I inform you that Heart Failure 2020 & the World Congress on Acute Heart Failure, scheduled for 23–26 May in Barcelona, is officially cancelled.
The leadership of the ESC and the Heart Failure Association (HFA) have been closely following the current health crisis. The spread of COVID-19 around the world and the necessity for healthcare professionals to deal with the epidemic in their hospitals has impacted the availability of both faculty and delegates. Indeed, many have already cancelled their plans to attend – and that number will only grow. In addition, the Spanish authorities have declared a state of emergency while the Catalan government has imposed a total lockdown and severe travel bans.
As a result of these factors and our responsibility to protect the health of our faculty, delegates and staff, the HFA leadership has decided that cancelling Heart Failure 2020 is the only responsible course of action.
Should you have any queries, please refer to the FAQ.
On behalf of the HFA board, we convey our heartfelt wishes to you, your families and your patients in these difficult times.
ESC Heart Failure Association
The European Society of Cardiology (ESC) supports the future of cardiovascular medicine. Each year the ESC provides €2 million in grants, fellowships, and scholarships.
This year again, the HFA will support the presentation of top-notch research at the congress by offering travel grants to abstract submitters around the world who have little or no access to funding or difficulties in obtaining financial assistance.
The selection results will be announced end of March.
All applicants must meet two mandatory criteria:
The following criteria, selected by the HFA Board, will be considered during the application process:
After grading, submissions will be individually reviewed and selected by the selection committee.
Each individual grant includes
Applications open: 6 December 2019
Applications close: 27 January 2020
Announcement of results: end of March 2020
All applicants will be informed by email, whether their application has been successfully received. At any time, applicants may also check the status of their application by logging into My ESC
150 successful applicants were invited to Heart Failure 2018.
"Take part of the Heart Failure Congress means to be in the epicenter of scientific progress, to have access to the latest results of new trials and to experience communication in the atmosphere of mutual understanding, respect and intelligence with colleagues all over the world.
Continued medical education is the most important background for a perfect medical career. Participation in such Congress is one of the most effective ways to support this. "
"This Congress provided the latest and in-depth knowledge in heart failure field and gathered HF experts from all over the world.
This was the best opportunity for me to get inspired by the most successful people in this field and start a collaboration with worldwide investigators.
This kind of event represents the future of our field."
"The HF Congress was a unique occasion to widen my professional network and to get in touch with leading specialists.
The Congress was an inspiring experience which helped me to better understand the latest innovations in translational cardiology and in everyday clinical practice."
"My participation in this Congress has improved the quality of my services to my patients as well as my therapeutic and diagnostic approach.
I learned about new therapies and diagnostics and I had the opportunity to make contacts with other colleagues who encouraged me to be more participatory in the European registry of peripartum cardiomyopathy."
"It was the practical opportunity to learn new information and make valuable contacts.
According to my opinion, there are three main reasons for a young cardiologist to take part in the Congress: high educational level, high scientific level and a high level of international collaboration."
"I have learned from the largest gathering of innovative cardiovascular products and services as well as hands-on techniques and scientific advices for my daily practice.
By attending this Congress, young cardiologists will learn how to present their research results during international meetings and they will be stimulated to work on new projects."
"Heart Failure Congress gave me the possibility to present my poster and to interact with other participants. This experience led to the development of new ideas and personal goals.
Here the importance of scientific work is underlined and it proves that a person cannot only be a clinician but also a scientist, who is always seeking for new ideas and possibilities."
"I consider the ability to attend Heart Failure 2017 and 4th World Congress on Acute Heart Failure in Paris as an exceptional opportunity to gain cutting-edge medical knowledge about heart failure and develop my professional skills.
The participation in this world-renowned Event gathering professionals from all over the World is crucial for young cardiologist. It represents the opportunity to ask questions concerning important aspects of heart failure. and the chance to participate in workshops where young doctors could practice the life-saving skills."
"The Congress has opened new paths for my future work and has given me new ideas and topics on which I can focus my future research. Attending HF congress was actually one of the most important factors which helped in my professional development.
This congress is a place where young cardiologists can get science, practice, research and guidelines all together with the advantage of meeting professionals from all over the world. For sure heart failure congress is something you should not miss."
"The participation in Congress allowed me to gain confidence in my possibilities and contributed to my development of clinical thinking and broadening horizons in the scientific sphere.
Every congress day was full of interesting lectures, reports, and the atmosphere was very friendly."
"The Congress was a great opportunity to learn more about modern devices in cardiology and also to hear interesting reports and get new ideas.
I believe that the main reason for a young cardiologist to take part in the Congress is the chance to have unique, personal, and insightful conversations with the masters of cardiology and specialists in the field of heart failure."
"The participation in Heart Failure 2017 allowed me to expand my professional network, to gain experience through communication with colleagues from different countries and to improve my potential as a young doctor."
"Attending Heart Failure Сongress gave me an incredible opportunity to boost my career.
I believe that the participation in Heart Failure Congress is an amazing and especially useful experience for young cardiologists."
"The knowledge gained was useful in writing my scientific articles. ESC congresses and meetings allow establishing contacts with researchers from other countries, to share your knowledge and experience, to improve the level of the foreign language. "
"Heart Failure 2017 had the unique scientific programme, which had brought the latest updates concerning this field.
Participation in «Heart Failure 2017» has helped to summarize knowledge and complement my work on PhD thesis. Undoubtedly, this congress has contributed to my professional skills development not only as a researcher, but also as a cardiologist and as an investigator in clinical trials. "
"The participation to Heart Failure Congress gave me the opportunity to learn updated information about heart failure, which gives me great help in everyday clinical practice."
"Receiving a grant from Heart Failure Association of the European Society of Cardiology is an exceptional privilege. Coming to the Heart Failure Congress was an opportunity to share my research, network and enhance clinical knowledge. Young cardiologists should attend the Congress to gain essential knowledge about heart failure management and diagnosis, as well as to be exposed to scientific excellence."
"It was a great privilege for me to participate at this Congress and to meet experts in the field and learn from them.
Encouraging young doctors to attend such events will allow them to build-on their medical knowledge and provide them updated information about cardiology advance."
"Thanks to my attendance to the congress and the presentation of our research to the international community I was invited again to be part of a research team for another scientific paper.
This experience has given me the confidence to present in front of a large public and new opportunities for scientific research."
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